Travel, Large Gatherings and Quarantines


Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. 

This quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.  

Hotels are asked to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states.

Phased Reopening

Governor Cuomo outlined guidelines that will help regions create individual plans based on facts and data to reopen New York.

Each region will reopen businesses in phases, with at least two weeks in between each phase. This allows state and local leaders to monitor the effects of the reopening and ensure hospitalization and infection rates are not increasing before moving to the next phase and permitting more economic activity.

For more detailed information about New York's reopening, visit New York Forward.

For more detailed information about essential businesses please visit

Large Gatherings

Social Gatherings: Are only permitted if 10 or fewer people are in attendance in Phase One regions, 25 or fewer people are in attendance in Phases Two and Three regions, and 50 or fewer people are in attendance in Phase Four regions. Check to see what phase your region is in.

Masks & Face Coverings: Individuals must wear face coverings when they are in a public and are: within six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.


Local Health Departments (LHDs)  must utilize the following definitions in determining whether or not to institute a mandatory or precautionary quarantine: 

Mandatory Quarantine

  1. Person has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.
  2. Person has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Mandatory Isolation

  1. Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19. 
  2. LHDs must immediately issue an order for Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation once notified, which shall be served on the person impacted. 

Precautionary Quarantine- Person meets one or more of the following criteria: 

  1. Has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy while COVID-19 was prevalent, but is not displaying symptoms.
  2. Proximate exposure to a positive person but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms. 

Any person the Local Health Department believes should be quarantined that is not addressed through the interim guidelines, should contact the Department of Health.

Read the interim guidance for details on shelter requirements and minimum contacts.